Using a sample from Iran (N = 281), we examined the associations between the Dark Triad and long-term mate preferences in women.
Psychopathy was negatively associated with preference for Kindness/Dependability and Religiosity/ Chastity.
This optimal value rises with perceived female physical attractiveness.
The probability of a man's positive decision rises with perceived female physical attractiveness.
By contrast, in men's view, for relatively high values of perceived female intelligence, female physical attractiveness cannot be substituted for intelligence.
Limitations of the study are noted and the findings are discussed in the light of evolutionary approach.
ABSTRACT: We study gender differences in preferences for mate characteristics such as perceived (by the opposite sex) physical attractiveness and intelligence using data from the Columbia speed dating experiment.
However, the relationship between the probability of a man's positive speed dating decision and perceived female intelligence is non-monotonic.
The optimal level of women's perceived intelligence can be found, and it depends on perceived female physical attractiveness.